Juveniles arrested after bringing BB gun to Highlands High School
Two teenage boys caused a scare at Highlands High School on Thursday afternoon when a school security guard saw them outside with what looked like a handgun.
The weapon turned out to be an unloaded, black plastic BB gun that an expelled student had brought to show to a friend who attends the high school.
“They were in the yard outside, in a corner, and they didn't think anybody saw and one kid took it out and handed it to the other kid,” said Harrison police Sgt. Kevin Gourley. “He took it and someone saw it. And they said, ‘Hey,' and he stuck it behind him to hide it.”
That's when they were approached by school security guards who were outside on duty for a planned early dismissal at about 12:30 p.m.
When a guard requested to see what was being concealed, the boy dropped the BB gun and stepped away.
The boys, both 16, were arrested by Harrison police, who are not identifying the teens due to their age. They will be charged as juveniles, Gourley said. The charge was not immediately determined.
Neither boy had ammunition for the gun, he said.
“At no point was anyone at the school in danger,” Gourley said. “They're both remorseful; they both said they weren't thinking.”
School officials followed procedure when the gun was discovered, said district spokeswoman Misty Chybrzynski. The high school and middle school were immediately put on lockdown and students were kept in classrooms.
“It's unfortunate that it happened, but everyone did a good job,” she said.
Some middle school students had already been dismissed because they walk home and they witnessed the police activity.
“I was out here and there were cops with assault rifles,” said eighth-grader Josh Boehm, who was outside the high school waiting for his sister.
Marissa Montgomery of Harrison, who was at the school for an appointment regarding her daughter's Head Start program held in the high school building, said she saw police cars from Fawn, Harrison, Brackenridge and Tarentum at the school.
She and her sister, Cynde, had just pulled up on Pacific Avenue across from the school when an officer approached them and told them what was happening.
“It makes me nervous,” said Cynde Montgomery, of Fawn. “There are a lot of young kids in there.”
Because of the lockdown, Thursday evening activities at the high school were canceled. Students are off Friday for a scheduled teacher in-service day.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- No eagle cam for Harmar next year but 2 for Hays
- Positives seen despite Valley Junior-Senior High School performance scores
- Apollo plans no tax increase
- Buffalo Township woman sentenced to jail for selling pot
- Car dealership, church receive OKs for Harmar moves
- Loose bricks force Tarentum road to remain closed through weekend
- Suspect in Harrison robbery arrested, suspected of 14 other holdups
- Burrell teacher nominated for LifeChanger of the Year award
- Harrison mill being tested
- Domestic call leads to bust on heroin, cocaine charges in Sharpsburg
- New Kensington names street after community leader, pastor